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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gaming Dictionary For The Non-Gamer: First Person Shooter (FPS)


I live with a woman who has zero knowledge of video games. We've been together for the last six years, and she couldn't tell you the difference between an FPS and an RPG. This has turned my attempts at discussing my video game passion into long-winded explanations on the subject of what "pwning" means. As a result, I've long had an interest in creating a dictionary for people who don't follow video games, in the hopes that they might finally be able to understand what their friend/relative/significant other is talking about.

Our first entry in the dictionary is First Person Shooter (FPS).

An FPS is a video game that primarily centers on shooting enemies from the first person perspective. Popular franchises in this genre include Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Bioshock. Bear in mind that a first person perspective does not immediately equate to a game being an FPS. Franchises like The Elder Scrolls are Role Playing Games (RPG), not First Person Shooter (FPS) games, despite having a first person perspective.

Developers like id Software (Doom, Quake) and Infinity Ward (Call of Duty) have found major success in this genre.

FPS titles are usually rated M for Mature, and shouldn't be purchased for younger players without significant research.